Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break Pt.1

We just got back from an eight day excursion to Tokyo. The youth from our ward go down to the temple twice a year to do baptisms for the dead but come right back the next day, so we went with the youth on the trip but stayed for the next week for Spring Break.
The Tokyo temple is beautiful! I usually am able to go in and do baptisms with the youth but this time, I had Rayce and Avie with me so we hung out outside while Dan and Danielle went to the temple.
Cherry blossoms were in bloom while we were there and at their peak.
There is a beautiful park right across the street from the temple that has a great park for the kids. It was busy, the Japanese were just finishing up their school break.
The next couple of days we laid low, went to church Easter Sunday and had an amazing Passover dinner with friends (something I might add to our family Easter tradition in the years to come), and got some great pictures of the blooming trees!
The Monday that started our spring break we went to a place called Showa Park and rented bicycles to explore. This park is huge and would be hard to see in one day. IT WAS A BLAST!
It's hard to describe how beautiful it was, it was breath taking.
We parked our bikes to check out the flower fields, the Japanese really value nature and seem to relish it, much more than Americans seem to. They have whole festivals devoted to the different seasons. Haru or spring is known primarily for cherry blossoms. A popular thing to do is to have a picnic under the cherry blossom trees.
My family enjoyed some "cherry blossom" ice cream.
There were many flower fields but I enjoyed the tulips the most. They were not quite at their peak but still amazingly pretty...I took a lot of pictures.
The kids enjoyed all the giant trampoline like playground equipment.
What a fun day! Part 2 to come.

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